The prophet, for the comfort of the Gentiles, prophesieth the amplitude of their Church,
Isaiah 54:1 Sing O barren thou [that] didst not beare; breake forth into singing, and crie aloud thou [that] didst not trauell with child: for more [are] the children of the desolate then the children of the maried wife, saith the LORD. Isaiah 54:2 Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtaines of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes. Isaiah 54:3 For thou shalt breake forth on the right hand, and on the left; and thy seed shall inherite the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.
Isaiah 54:4 Feare not: for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded, for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more. Isaiah 54:5 For thy maker [is] thine husband, (the LORD of hostes [is] his name;) and thy redeemer the holy one of Israel, the God of the whole earth shall he be called.
their certain deliverance out of affliction,
Isaiah 54:6 For the LORD hath called thee as a woman forsaken, and grieued in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God. Isaiah 54:7 For a small moment haue I forsaken thee, but with great mercies will I gather thee. Isaiah 54:8 In a litle wrath I hid my face from thee, for a moment; but with euerlasting kindnesse will I haue mercie on thee, saith the LORD thy redeemer. Isaiah 54:9 For this [is as] the waters of Noah vnto me: for [as] I haue sworne that the waters of Noah should no more goe ouer the earth; so haue I sworne that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee. Isaiah 54:10 For the mountaines shall depart, and the hilles be remoued, but my kindnesse shall not depart from thee, neither shall the couenant of my peace be remoued, saith the LORD, that hath mercie on thee.
their fair edification,
Isaiah 54:11 Oh thou afflicted, tossed with tempest [and] not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with faire colours, and lay thy foundations with Saphires. Isaiah 54:12 And I will make thy windowes of Agates, and thy gates of Carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones. Isaiah 54:13 And all thy children shalbe taught of the LORD, and great [shalbe] the peace of thy children. Isaiah 54:14 In righteousnesse shalt thou be established: thou shalt be farre from oppression, for thou shalt not feare; & from terrour, for it shall not come neere thee.
and their sure preservation.
Isaiah 54:15 Behold, they shall surely gather together, [but] not by me: whosoeuer shal gather together against thee, shall fall for thy sake. Isaiah 54:16 Behold, I haue created the smith that bloweth the coales in the fire, and that bringeth foorth an instrument for his worke, and I haue created the waster to destroy.
Isaiah 54:17 No weapon that is formed against thee, shall prosper, and euery tongue [that] shall rise against thee in iudgement, thou shalt condemne. This is the heritage of the seruants of the LORD, and their righteousnesse [is] of me, saith the LORD.